As a specialist employment lawyer for over 20 years, Abraham is well respected for his extensive experience dealing with post-employment restraints and breach of confidential information cases. Abraham has successfully represented numerous companies seeking injunctions in various Australian courts. He also regularly appears for major corporate clients in industrial tribunals on all aspects of employment law.

Abraham has successfully represented clients in the Federal and Supreme Courts, defending common law and Fair Work Act claims by former employees, and has often advised on complex white-collar fraud claims and investigations.

He also advises on award interpretations and applicability, employment policies, termination procedures and transmission of business issues, as well as work health and safety, discrimination and equal opportunity law. 

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Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety

Employment

IBM Australia: Abraham is one of IBM's trusted legal advisers and has advised IBM on a wide range of litigious and non-litigious employment law matters for a number of years.

Infosys Technologies Limited: Infosys' trusted legal adviser on all aspects of Australian employment law, including its defence of an unfair dismissal application considering international redeployment issues.

InfoTrack: Successfully defended a restraint of trade injunction against one of InfoTrack's main competitors in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

IBS Software Group: Advised and represented IBS in relation to an unfair dismissal claim made by an employee which was successfully struck out on jurisdictional grounds.

Monash IVF: Abraham provides day-to-day employment law advice and represented Monash IVF in a complex litigation that dealt with governing law terms and restraint of trade issues.

Westpac: Abraham has provided the Bank with advice regarding the enforcement of post-employment restraints and other employment law issues. 

Jaguar Land Rover: Advised on all employment related matters for Jaguar, including drafting employment contracts and policies, termination/redundancy issues and strategies. 


Industrial relations

Astra-Zeneca and Brystol Myers-Squibb: Advised on potential redundancy and industrial relations risks arising from a transfer of employees between the diabetes businesses of Astra-Zeneca and Brystol Myers-Squibb. A multi-jurisdiction transaction, this matter required the implementation of a global transfer of business agreement in a local context.

iinet: Advised and assisted iinet on introducing enterprise agreements for sections of its workforce.    

NSW Rural Fire Service: Provide ongoing and employment and industrial relations advice. For example, Abraham undertook a comprehensive investigation into alleged bullying by a volunteer. The volunteer was appropriately sanctioned and no further bullying occurred. The client was able to avoid any costly litigation.

NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation: Advised the Department on transfer of employment and redundancy issues.


Work, health and safety

REST Industry Super: Advised on REST Super's WHS management system and policies.

Tourism Australia: Assisted Tourism Australia with drafting a WHS framework, undertook a review of contract and provided advice on due diligence issues. 

Sydney Water: Acted for Sydney Water in a work health and safety prosecution


Diversity and discrimination

Abraham also has extensive experience in providing advice on all aspects of discrimination and equal opportunity law. Particularly, his matters include:

  • Providing strategic advice in drafting discrimination and equal opportunity policies.
  • Representing both companies and individuals in discrimination cases, and appearing before the Anti-Discrimination Board and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.
  • Acting for a number of companies defending harassment and bullying claims. 

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